Music theory & musicianship

Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London & Online

We teach a full range of Music Theory classes for Western staff notation, and Musicianship classes to enhance your practical music skills from composition to sight-singing.

Each course is a live, interactive class with presentations, discussions and study exercises lead by your teacher. Most courses run online (via Zoom) and will have an accompanying online ‘Google classroom’ with handouts and sound files to enhance your learning between sessions. To read more visit our blog: Musicianship & Music Theory courses at City Lit

Our staff are all professional musicians - performers, composers and music historians - many with a postgraduate music qualification. Please see individual course outlines for tutor biographies.

Many of our music theory students have used our courses as preparation for ABRSM music theory exams (external to city lit) and achieved excellent results. Students also learn out of curiosity and exams are not compulsory! The vast majority of our students are learning to support their instrumental or singing studies as they have decided they would like to read staff music notation with more confidence.

We have classes for complete beginners as well as advanced students so please email us at music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like help choosing the correct level course for your current need

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  1. Music theory: fugue writing
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Study the structure of basic fugues from the 18th century and learn to write your own fugue. This course balances analysis with practical compositional techniques. Scheduled break weeks: 1, 8,15 April and bank holiday mondays 6, 27 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  2. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 06 and 27 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
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  3. Musicianship 2: bass clef, rhythm and scales
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F, G and D, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop your rhythm writing and playing. Suitable for players of any instrument and singers.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
  4. Aural training (solfa) beginners 3
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break weeks 06 and 27 May 2024 (Bank holidays).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00
  5. Aural training (solfa) intermediate 3
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break week 6 & 27 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00
  6. Musicianship 3: harmony
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    If you have a good working knowledge of music theory, this course introduces harmony from generated by major and minor scales and includes writing and aural training. Practical and academic.
    Full fee £179.00
  7. Music theory: score reading and analysis level 6
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Learn to navigate music scores, analyse basic structures (harmonic, motivic, and contrapuntal), and identify late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century stylistic characteristics through the study of appropriate repertoire selected by the tutor.



    NB: this course has a scheduled break week: 29 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00
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  8. Music theory: grade 4
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. NB: scheduled break week: 30th May 2024.
    Full fee £229.00
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  9. Music theory: grade 3
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four



    sharps/flats. Break week: 30 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00
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  10. Song writing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Study creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and develop songs you have started. Live sessions on Zoom, this is module 3 of our journey and new students with experience and commitment are welcome.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  11. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. For absolute beginners, enjoy these practical sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00
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  12. Rhythm class
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Huggett
    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play in class, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  13. Music theory: introduction to score reading
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Learn to navigate diferent types of classical music scores, analyse musical features, and identify style and period. Suitable for those with music theory knowledge at equivalent of ABRSM Grade 5 and upwards.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  14. Musicianship for singers: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the singing. This introductory course is for any singer who would like more understanding about the music they sing.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Ear training
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Enhance your aural awareness of the mechanics of music and improve your recognition of, and response to, music in practice. Sing intervals, scales and harmonies on this short practical course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00
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